Sexual Violence and Utah’s Social Soil

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Now that we’ve been studying the sexual violence epidemic for decades, we know there are both proven risk and protective factors for both perpetration and victimization. Talk to a Survivor’s mission is to transform Utah’s social soil from one that is more tolerant of sexual violence, to one that is more resistant. Consider our cultures and communities as the social […]

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Rates of Childhood Sexual Abuse Down from Previous Generations

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            Source: National  Child  Abuse  and  Neglect  Data  System (NCANDS), which aggregates and publishes statistics from state  child protection agencies. Funny enough, I’ve found that people are sometimes hesitant to share the news that rates of childhood sexual abuse have significantly decreased since we first began measuring them in the early ’90s. One woman told me, “People already have trouble believing it’s as bad as […]

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How to Reduce Depression by 1/2, Alcoholism by 2/3, and Domestic Violence by 3/4?

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According to findings from the ACE study- ending child abuse means that’s exactly what could happen. Imagine that.             …” when the ACE study data started to appear on his [Robert Anda] computer screen, he realized that he had stumbled upon the gravest and most costly public health issue in the United States: Child abuse. […]

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How common are false allegations of rape?

  The percentage of false allegations of rape have varied across time due in part to the definition and the culture at the time of taking the measurement. Here’s one of latest, most cited studies on the issue. If you know of other peer-reviewed, independent studies, please share.   FALSE ALLEGATIONS OF RAPE: False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis […]

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Consent: kids ‘get it’, help them preserve it

Sexual violence prevention: the next generation

    Our 12 year-old son, Cruise made this visual and asked me to post it to help Talk to a Survivor. A huge fan of ongoing, affirmative consent between people attempting to meet their needs, desires, sexual or otherwise. (Did I mention he’s Stewards of Children trained? Another story for another time.) My experience over the years with young […]

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